36 Easy, Breezy No-Cook Summer Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
When stepping outside is like walking into an oven, the last thing you want to do is turn on the one in your kitchen. But mealtimes don't stop for summer, and all those hot days spent swimming, playing, working and driving here, there and everywhere tend to work up quite an appetite. When dinner looms and the family is headed to hangry-town, skip the stove and throw together one of these insanely easy, no-cook dishes—and save the sweating for the pool.
 
1. Tabouli Salad with Riced Cauliflower, Tomato, Cucumber and Herbs: Brimming with fresh summer flavors, this low-carb vegan dish is bound to be your new favorite light summer salad.


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2. Mediterranean Tuna Salad: Delicious, healthy, easy—it has all the requirements for dinner success.


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3. Asian Cucumber Noodle Salad: Flavored with mint and cilantro and topped with a creamy almond ginger dressing, it's ready in just 30 minutes.


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4. Chopped Mexican Salad: Fresh goodness and vibrant color are at the heart of this fresh chopped salad.


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5. Vegan Asian Salad: Made with thin slivers of cucumbers, avocados and carrots, this refreshing salad is topped with a creamy homemade ginger carrot sesame dressing, toasted sesame seeds and Sriracha.


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6. Avocado and Apple Kale Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing: Light up your week with this refreshing, flavor-packed dish.


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7. 10-Minute Cowboy Caviar Chicken: Toss this simple corn and black bean salsa on a store-bought rotisserie chicken for an easy meal that’s ready in about 10 minutes.


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8. Simple Salmon Salad: Satisfying and healthy, this salmon salad is delicious served over greens or in a whole-grain tortilla.


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9. Easy Vegetarian Taco Salad: Keep the heat out of your kitchen this summer with this fresh, satisfying and quick-to-prepare vegetarian taco salad.


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10. Creamy Italian Pasta Salad: Full of fresh, flavorful ingredients, this quick and easy dish is perfect for picnics, potlucks or light and satisfying dinners. Cook the pasta ahead of time for easy, stove-free prep.


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11. Chicken Quinoa Salad with Salsa Hummus: A quick and easy chicken quinoa salad with veggies and salsa hummus makes a perfect light and healthy summer recipe.


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12. BBQ Ranch Chopped Salad: This no-cook salad sensation makes a delicious and filling meal, perfect for using up all that leftover rotisserie chicken.


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13. Chicken Salad for One: Made with a rotisserie chicken, this simple, single salad is packed with flavor and crunch.


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14. Paleo Nori Rolls: Super versatile, bright and refreshing, these hand-held wraps will quickly become your go-to summer meal.


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15. Apple Harvest Mason Jar Salads: With layers of chicken, apples, cranberries, blue cheese and pecans, these salads make a hassle-free and healthy meal-on-the-go.


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16. Chilean-Style Ceviche: This ceviche is typical of what you might find in Chile or Peru: fresh with bright peppers and cilantro.


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17. Peach and Burrata Arugula Salad: Orange arugula lettuce is tossed with balsamic vinaigrette and embellished with sweet peaches, creamy burrata cheese and a balsamic glaze.


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18. Elevated Tuna Salad in Lettuce Wraps: Whip up these refreshing, healthful lettuce wraps without turning on your stove and with only a handful of simple ingredients.


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19. Raw Vegan Collard Wraps: Vegan recipes are perfect when you want to eat healthy and detox your body from heavy meals or processed food. This is ready in minutes and bursting with flavors from the avocados, red pepper, alfalfa, pecans and tamari mix.


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20. Quick Mexican Tuna Salad: Skip the heavy mayo and make this tuna salad with avocado instead. Ready in 20 minutes, it's perfect for a quick lunch or weeknight dinner—and packs 30 grams of protein per serving!


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21. Mediterranean Chopped Salad: This crunchy, flavorful salad features chickpeas, olives and feta cheese–perfect for a vegetarian and gluten-free light dinner.


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22. Quinoa Chicken Spinach Salad: Made with mandarin oranges, walnuts and a honey-lime vinaigrette (and optional Sriracha drizzle), this flavorful main dish is ready in just 20 minutes.



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23. Spiralizer Greek Salad: This light and refreshing dish is made with cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, chickpeas, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.


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24. No-Bake Graham Cracker Cheesycake: This light, refreshing dessert satisfies your sweet tooth without the extra calories and sugar.



25. BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad Bowls: These super simple bowls are full of flavor and fresh veggies for a healthy, hassle-free dinner.


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26. Ethel's Curry Chicken Salad: This classic recipe makes a fresh and easy lunch or dinner that's ready in just 10 minutes.


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27. Summer No-Cook Oatmeal: This is a great option for summer days when you want your fiber but don't want a hot bowl of cereal.



28. Orange Almond Salad with Avocado: Romaine salad tossed with an orange balsamic vinaigrette makes a delicious lunch salad or a great dinner starter salad.


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29. Avocado Chickpea Salad: An exceptionally satisfying and filling salad filled with healthy fats and great taste.


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30. 5-Ingredient Chicken Salad: Use pre-cooked chicken breast or leftover chicken to make this satisfying salad in just a few minutes.


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31. Easy Mango & Grape Kale Salad with Cashew Glaze: Kale and mango are flavored with a ridiculously amazing (and protein-rich) cashew glaze.


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32. Cold Barley Salad with Chicken and Creamy Pesto: This easy, make-ahead cold barley salad is made with chicken and a creamy pesto-yogurt mixture.


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33. Chicken Taco Mason Jar Salads: With only about 10 minutes of prep, these grab-and-go salads are loaded with fresh veggies, plenty of cheese and almost 40 grams of protein for a nutritious and satisfying meal at any time of day.


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34. Fully-Loaded Guacamole: Guac for dinner? This version is loaded with fresh toppings, like bacon and fresh tomatoes, so it works as a full-fledged meal--just add baked or plantain chips for scooping.


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35. Avocado Chocolate Mousse: A rich and nutritious dark chocolate mousse--the healthy way to eat chocolate!


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36. Balsamic Strawberries with Coconut Whipped Cream: Orange balsamic strawberries with coconut whipped cream form a sweet and sour dessert that is full of flavor yet still low in calories, vegan and gluten-free.


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Comments

CECELW 6/26/2018
All of these look yummy, but I think I'd like to try the version of graham cracker cheesecake Report
LESLIELENORE 4/23/2018
Adding riced cauliflower is a smart idea! Report
NANCYPAT1 9/7/2017
Yummy Report
NANCYPAT1 9/7/2017
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KATHYJO56 8/25/2017
This article is just fair. I would eat most of the items, but my husband would not want any of these as his main course Report
SUSANBEAMON 8/20/2017
Too many salads,but otherwise okay. Report
GLORIAZ 8/19/2017
Great article! Report
PASTORDAN_ATDCC 8/14/2017
Thanks Report
AIYANASMAMA 8/14/2017
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JVANAM 8/13/2017
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KEEPITUP4LIFE 8/12/2017
Cant wait to try some of these awesome looking meals. Report
FITWITHIN 8/11/2017
I will be trying several of these recipes. Report
CECELW 8/11/2017
They all look sooo good. I love a great salad as along as it's more than just veggies. I need substance in it Report
MARIHELEN 8/11/2017
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GERIKRAGH 8/11/2017
My hubby, son, and grandson work 10-12 hours a day. There is no way a salad would fill them up! Report
NEPTUNE1939 8/11/2017
great Report
RHOOK20047 8/11/2017
I tried this one: Avocado and Apple Kale Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing and it was delish! Great cool refreshing dinner! Report
ETHELMERZ 8/11/2017
Some of these look good, some look so awful, I'd rather have nothing... But lots of choices is the name of this game. Report
DRLMAZ 8/11/2017
Thanks for sharing Report
DEE107 8/3/2017
great ideas Report
NASFKAB 8/2/2017
these are great ideas now to make some of them Report
CHELZANNE 8/1/2017
LOVE IT! What great ideas and delicious and healthy! Can't wait to try a few. THANKS! Report
LAW06211 7/19/2017
I have to try the Creamy Pasta Salad. It looks good and I love pasta salads! Report
ZRIE014 7/19/2017
great!!! Report
SYLBA61 7/18/2017
I always use my canned salmon to make salmon patties. I like the idea of making a salmon salad. This I am going to try. I think my husband may eat it too. He likes tuna salad and he likes salmon, so let's see what he thinks about salmon salad. Thanks for the recipe idea. Report
JVANAM 7/18/2017
What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
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GOLDENRODFARM 7/18/2017
The chicken salad for one dish is actually a picture of skillet chicken with artichokes for one from the same site. Report
SHRINKINGSHERI 7/18/2017
Some of these look wonderful Report
LEANJEAN6 7/18/2017
These really look good! I must try some of them! Report
NANCYPAT1 7/18/2017
Great salad ideas Report
Great tips and ideas! Report
Great ideas Report
This was a GREAT article! Many ideas I hadn't seen or thought of before. Report
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Going to make this today. Report
Great ideas for hot weather meals! Report
Delicious recipes!!! Report
Thanks for all of the ideas! Report
great ideas Report
Delicious. I just need someone to prepare them to me! Report
KARINMARIE1
These are great ideas, but its disappointing that no nutritional information is provided with the recipes! Report
some really nice, inspiring, vegan recipes here - thank you for collecting these i one place - I'm saving these for summer inspiration/menu planning. Report
Lots of great ideas! Report
Gonna make the spiralizer Greek Salad for dinner tomorrow! It looks delicious and I just got some Persian cucumbers to use! Report
ROBBIEY
I love making all types of easy breezy salad recipes with lots of veggies. Report
ROBBIEY
I love making all types of easy breezy salad recipes with lots of veggies. Report
4LMHJCR
some of these look really yummy - definitely going to go and check out the recipes for some of them right now! Report
SANDPOIN1
Wow...don't know where to start cooking! Thanks for the yummy ideas. Report
Really good ideas!!! Report
 
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